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Former CBC Sports broadcaster Tom McKee passes away

11/07/2012 09:28 EST | Updated 01/07/2013 05:12 EST
Former CBC Sports broadcaster Tom McKee, best known for his coverage of the CFL and the Toronto Blue Jays, died on Monday at age 76.

McKee, who also worked with with CTV, ABC, and TSN, was part of many marquee sporting events, such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. He may be best known for his work on Blue Jays games, starting in the team's inaugural season in 1977.

CBC Sports broadcaster Scott Oake called McKee one of the CBC's "best commentators," and said McKee made a lasting impression on him.

"Tom and my paths crossed in the mid 70s when I was getting started in this business," Oake said. "He and the late Don Chevrier were network commentators with CBC Sports. Tom was the host of CFL games on CBC — a job I later did for 10 years or so. He was smooth and he had a great sense of humour.

"Tom was fun to be around. I remember at the '76 Olympics in Montreal, Tom's room was where everyone met. Some nights it was like a small casino.

"Tom, as one of the [CBC's] best commentators, called the high-profile field events at those Games. You can still hear his voice on [Canadian] Greg Joy's silver medal win in the high jump. I lost track of Tom when he left the CBC for Blue Jays baseball, but the few years I was around him made a lasting impression."

McKee is survived by six children and 16 grandchildren.

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